Monday, April 27, 2009

Here I come....


I officially accepted a postion at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. I really believe either program would be a good fit for me, but I just couldn't pass up the amazing scholarship they offered or the year-round warm weather! I loved all the people in Houston and can't wait to get started. The dates have not been finalized, but I will be starting in mid-August. Not sure when we will actually move...just as soon as we can find a place to live and a job for Chance! Stay tuned...

Friday, April 24, 2009

The Verdict

The moment we've all been waiting for...

I won't bore you with all the details of what I liked or didn't like about each place. Let's just get down to what you really came here for:

University of Texas-Houston--ACCEPTED plus a scholarship which qualifies me for in-state tuition
Brandeis University--ACCEPTED plus $7000 scholarship per year
University of Arkansas--ACCEPTED
University of Cincinnati--ACCEPTED with an approximate 25% tuition remission
University of Utah--wait-list
Northwestern University--high on wait-list
University of California--has yet to call, strange...scratch that...wait-listed

SOOOOO.....I've made some calls and have declined all positions, except my top two (and California...when they call, I will let them know as well). Ugh, how awful did I feel making THOSE calls!! All the schools were really so wonderful, it's such a hard decision!

In a matter of days I will decide whether to become a student in Houston or Cincinnati. Wish me luck deciding!!!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The Home Stretch...

Wednesday, April 8
Drive to Chicago with dear hubby and stay with my friend and sorority sister Beth! We think it will be about a 10 hour drive, so I'll likely be too late and/or too tired to attend the student social at 7pm at a local bar and grill.

Thursday, April 9
9:30am Program and Clinical Overview at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
10:45-11:05am Interview #1
11:10-11:30am Break #1
11:35-11:55am Interview #2
12:00-12:20pm Interview #3
12:25-12:45pm Interview #4
12:50-1:00pm Group Activity...rumor has it, this is a 2-on-2 interview, where we discuss a recent science article
1:05-1:55pm Lunch with students
2:00-2:20pm Interview #5
2:25-2:45pm Break #2
2:50-3:10pm Interview #6
3:15-3:35pm Break #3
3:40-4:00pm Interview #7
4:05pm Q&A with Graduates
5:00pm Wine and Cheese Reception with Students and Faculty

Friday, April 10- Drive home

Wednesday, April 15
Leave KC 4:45pm, arrive Little Rock 7:15pm
Staying in University Residence Hall

Thurday, April 16
12:00pm Check-in and lunch at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
12:30-1:45pm Welcome and Intro to Program
1:45pm Film and Lecture Series
4:30pm Dinner with students

Friday, April 17
8:30am Check-in and breakfast
8:30-8:55am Q&A
9:00-11:25am series of 25 minute interviews
11:30-12:15 Campus Tour
12:15-1:20pm Lunch
12:45-4:55pm Series of 25-min interviews
Leave Little Rock 6:10pm, arrive KC 8:45pm

Monday, April 20
Leave KC 1:15pm, Arrive Orange County, CA 4:50pm
Staying at Ayres Inn

Tuesday, April 21
8:30am Arrive at University of California-Irvine Medical Center
8:30-10:00am Prenatal and Clinical Case Conference
10:00am- 1 or 2 30-45 minute interviews
Lunch with students, followed by 1 or 2 more interviews

Wednesday, April 22
Leave Orange County 12:45pm, arrive KC 8:58pm

Friday, April 24, D-Day
Wait patiently for all program directors to call with decisions!

Wednesday, April 29, Decision Deadline
By this time will have made my final decision and contacted all the programs to accept or not accept their offers. Then....time to start packing!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Up Next...

The University of Texas- Houston

Thursday, April 2 (Happy Birthday to Me!)
10:55am leave KC
2:00pm arrive in Houston
Staying at Best Western Plaza Hotel & Suites
6:15 meet a few fellow applicants at nearby hotel to be picked up by a current student and ride to dinner at the home of another current student

Friday, April 3
8:00-8:40am Breakfast and Intro to Program
8:40am-12:00 Series of 25 minute interviews with 7 different interviewers
12:00-12:45 Lunch with students and faculty
12:45-1:15pm Presentation of Clinical Rotations
1:15-1:45pm Disucssion of interesting cases and thesis topics
1:45-2pm Break
2:00-2:30pm Tour facilities
2:30-3:00pm Meeting with a Dean from Grad School
3:00-3:30 Financial Aid Presentation
3:45 Conclude visit
6:30pm Leave Houston
9:15pm Arrive in KC

University of Utah

Sunday, April 5
8:45am Leave KC
1:40pm Arrive in Salt Lake City
Staying in Guest House on Campus
5:45 picked up by current student
6:00-7:00pm dinner with students

Monday, April 6
7:30am Breakfast
8:00am Welcome and Orientation
9:00-11:00am Series of three 30 minute interviews
12-1pm Lunch with Faculty
1:00-2:15 Remaining 2 interviews, 30min each
2:30-2:45 Questions and Wrap-up
2:45-3:30 Tour Facilities
7:00pm Leave SLC
12:00am Arrive in KC